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Festive Bread - Roska


For Rosh Hashanah, the Rhodeslis offer a ring-shaped sweet festive bread called Roska for the New Year celebratory table which represents eternity and augurs abundance.

This delicious soft bread, fragrant with orange blossom water, is topped with sesame seeds and traditionally whole blanched almonds are added for celebrations.

For Rosh Hashanah I like to make a version of this much loved ancient bread called “Roska Reynado” prepared with an opulent stuffing of homemade marzipan (p.232) or the quick and easy travado filling with blanched almonds (p.214) stuffed into balls of the Roska dough.

Sharing the aroma of freshly baked warm bread with its sweet crunchy centre around the dinner table, with family and friends, makes for an extra special treat on the New Year.

I urge you to try marzipan filled Roska or Challah using this simple travado filling for this year’s celebration.


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